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Trouble in threes: Scandals hamper Obama's message

Apr 19, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn't Mitt Romney who's giving Barack Obama fits as the president pivots to re-election mode. It's those federal bureaucrats carousing in Las Vegas, the Secret Service consorting with Columbian prostitutes and U.S. soldiers posing with bloody ...

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Obama hauls in $1 million for campaign and party

Apr 19, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hauling in about $1 million for his campaign and for Democratic Party groups.

The president was fundraising Thursday about a block from the White House, meeting with about two dozen supporters, each of whom paid ...

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Romney Says Obama's Jobs Record a Failure

Apr 19, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney on Thursday visited a factory shuttered when George W. Bush was in the White House, and said its lingering idleness marks a failure of President Barack Obama's economic policies.

"Had the president's policies worked it, would be open ...

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THE RACE: Polls show Obama-Romney race very close

Apr 19, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

Polls go up and polls go down. That's a common refrain from politicians, usually from those with sinking numbers. But it could be said today by either President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney in a clearly tightening presidential race — but one with conflicting ...

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Romney is Liberty University commencement speaker

Apr 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to deliver this year's commencement address at Liberty University, the evangelical Christian institution founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell Sr.

Romney, a Mormon, has never before visited the Lynchburg, Va.,

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Group striving for bipartisan ticket on 25 ballots

Apr 19, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group promising to field a bipartisan presidential ticket in November says it's now on the ballot in 25 states.

Americans Elect announced Thursday that it is halfway toward its goal of appearing on the ballot in all 50 states, a tall climb for an entity outside the two ...

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GOP Sen: Scandals Expose Obama Leadership Weakness

Apr 19, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Southern Republican is raising questions about whether President Barack Obama is capably leading the government.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama tells reporters the president should take responsibility for the Secret Service, GSA and energy ...

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Ann Romney Emerging as Husband's Political Weapon

Apr 19, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — She is a 63-year-old grandmother known as "Mamie," a former stay-at-home mother of five boys, and the cookie-baking wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But do not be fooled: Republicans and Democrats alike see Ann Romney as an ...

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Stronger Mich. Economy Could Hurt Romney's Chances

Apr 19, 2012

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The unemployment rate in Michigan is high, its population is shrinking and scores of manufacturing plants have closed. Still, President Barack Obama's hopes for another electoral victory could depend on voters remembering a time when ...

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3 Agents Out in Wake of Secret Service Scandal

Apr 18, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving swiftly, the Secret Service forced out three agents Wednesday in a prostitution scandal that has embarrassed President Barack Obama. A senior congressman welcomed the move to hold people responsible for the tawdry episode but warned ...

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Scorching talk: Romney, Obama battle over economy

Apr 18, 2012

By DAVID ESPO and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Their battle joined, challenger Mitt Romney savaged President Barack Obama's handling of the economy on Wednesday while the commander in chief commiserated up close with victims of the recession and warned that Republicans ...

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Ad Watch: Spot claims Romney win is voters' loss

Apr 18, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: "World View."

LENGTH: 30 seconds.

AIRING: On broadcast stations in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia.

KEY IMAGES: There's just one image in the TV spot by Priorities USA Action, an independent group supporting President Barack Obama's ...

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Romney says Obama has failed to help create jobs

Apr 18, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama is over his head and swimming in the wrong direction when it comes to the economy.

In a scathing indictment of Obama's policies, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting says virtually nothing Obama has done in his time in the ...

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House Democrats reserve $32 million in ad time

Apr 18, 2012

By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have reserved more than $32 million in ad time in districts across the country, giving an early sketch of the race for control of the House.

Broadly, the ad reservations show that House Democrats will try to regain control of ...

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Obama: Some in GOP forget how America was built

Apr 18, 2012

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his Republican rivals are sincere, patriotic and absolutely wrong about how to reinvigorate the economy. He said they "don't seem to remember how America was built."

Obama spoke in politically pivotal ...

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Secret Service calls Nugent over anti-Obama screed

Apr 18, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rocker and gun rights champion Ted Nugent says he will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday to explain his raucous remarks about what he called Barack Obama's "evil, America-hating administration" — comments some critics interpreted as a threat against the president.

"The ...

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THE RACE: Romney, Obama both claim Reagan legacy

Apr 18, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

There they go again. President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney both like to channel Ronald Reagan. Neither one should probably push it too far.

Obama frequently mentions the conservative icon and hints at parallels between now and 1984.

Then, President ...

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Boehner: Obama 'checked out' last Labor Day

Apr 18, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama "checked out" last Labor Day and has been campaigning ever since.

At his weekly news conference Wednesday, the Ohio Republican said Obama is shrinking from his responsibility to lead and ...

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Romney gets Daniels endorsement

Apr 18, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Daniels, once thought to be considering a presidential run of his own, says he'll do whatever he's asked to help the former Massachusetts governor ...

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Romney: Fire Secret Service Agents in Scandal

Apr 18, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says he'd "clean house" to remove Secret Service agents involved with Colombian prostitutes ahead of President Barack Obama's visit.

Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told radio host Laura Ingraham on ...

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